Tropar - Tone 4
With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.
Kondak - Tone 2
O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.
Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.
Catechism after Liturgy
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1.
This class is for who wish to prepare to be baptized in to the Orthodox Christian Church as well as those who desire to learn more about their Orthodox faith.
Inquirers most welcome!
St Andrew Orthodox Cathedral
6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709
"If you only knew how great a blessing comes from the Divine Liturgy, then you would collect even the dust from the floor of the church to wash your faces with it..."
St. Gabriel the Confessor and fool for Christ
His Eminence Nicholas
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Christ is in our midst!
A blessed and beautiful day! God is wonderful in His Saints! Why does God glorify His Saints? Because they glorify Him and in them He is well pleased. When we glorify the Saints we glorify Him Whom they so love, in Whom they strove and were faithful to the end, regardless of what that end may be.
Today, January 21 (os), we celebrate two great and wonderful Saints, St. Maximus the Confessor, a great father of the Church, and St. Maximus the Greek, both of whom suffered for Christ (the Truth) and the Church (the bearer of the Truth).
But it is not to them, but to two others whose memory is also celebrated today, that I would have you consider: St. Neophytus of Nice and the Virginmartyr Agnes of Rome. Both suffered for Christ. But what I would like you to consider is this: St. Neophytus was 15 years old and St. Agnes 13 years old. Amazing.
Here, many things can be readily observed. The Christian upbringing of children, which can be quite trying for many reasons - especially for mothers - in the conditions of modern society, is of utmost important. We can also see that one is never too young to be utterly faithful to Christ; to endure all things for Christ’s sake; to work wonders to the glory of God and as a testimony to the unbelievers; that nothing is more precious than Christ, not youth, not beauty, not one’s position in society. Nothing. Give all for the attainment of Christ and surrender Christ for no-one and nothing.
We also come to understand the words of the Lord: “Verily I say unto you, unless ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” The unconditional faith and trust of a soul without guile.
As we enter the Triodion, this Sunday being the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, it is very beneficial for us to call to remembrance those who faithfully strove to live according to the Gospel of Christ, who proved their love for Him by keeping His commandments and not infrequently giving their lives for Him Who gave His life for us. They were not deprived of their reward, an unimaginable reward which made all their efforts and suffering seem like nothing. May we follow their example, putting all of our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is Faithful and comforts and rewards those who put all their in trust in Him.
As we do every Lenten Season, we will begin our series of classes for inquirers and catechumens this Saturday following the Liturgy. These classes are required for all preparing for baptism and are recommended for anyone wanting to review the basics of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Everyone is welcome.
Saturday, February 4 - The Apostle Timothy of the Seventy. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Class. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, February 5 - The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee & the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Saturday, February 11 - The Translation of the Relics of the Holy Hieromartyr Ignatius the Godbearer. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Class. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, February 12 - The Sunday of the Prodigal Son & the Holy Three Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Tuesday, February 14. - Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, February 15 - The Meeting of the Lord. Divine Liturgy at 9am.
Saturday, February 18 - The Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Panihida. Class. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, February 19 - The Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. The Sunday of the Last Judgement (Meatfare). Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Orthodox Cathedral, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.
If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English
please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I'd love to hear from you!
Fr. Stephen Zaremba
Most of those who come on Saturday morning also come on Sunday, while others attend other Orthodox parishes on Sundays. Some have relocated from other states and are looking for a spiritual home. We have baptized a few adults after a period of preparation, and have also baptized children born into Orthodox Christian families. Truly God is good to us!
Thanks be to God our community is slowly growing. Since our ways are not God’s ways we are traversing an unexpected path, currently serving at St. Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. It is proving quite beneficial for both our St. Catherine’s Mission and the St. Andrew’s parish. God’s providence is truly remarkable.
First a quick word about St. Andrew’s. It is a Russian speaking community. The church is beautiful, the choir is excellent, the services served properly. While most of the vigil and Sunday Divine Liturgy are celebrated in Church Slavonic, English is used based on attendance. The Epistle and Gospel are always read in English and there is sermon in English. If you are familiar with the Divine Liturgy you will feel very comfortable. Fr. Igor and the parishioners of St. Andrew’s have made us feel quite welcome indeed.
On Saturdays we celebrate the Divine Liturgy in English, followed by a Bible Study. This started off as quite a small group but it has been growing so that we usually have about 20 or more stay for our class. Not bad for a Saturday morning!
We are a mission. Our purpose is to make traditional, apostolic Christianity, today known as Orthodoxy, available to those who are seeking it. Many are seeking it not quite knowing what it is. If you are looking for God - look here. If you are looking for stability, where doctrines do not change with the blowing of the wind - look here. If you want to truly learn how to worship in the spirit and truth as taught by the holy Apostles - look here. If you are are not sure just what it is that you are looking for - look here. We don’t make things up as we go and we don’t change with the times. Truth is truth. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The world is going through a time of considerable turmoil. No one knows what the future holds. The Orthodox Christian Faith has withstood the bloody persecutions of ancient Rome, the tribulation of the Arian, Iconoclastic and other heresies, the onslaught of the Persians and Moslems, Communism and everything else that the Adversary has thrown at us through the centuries. But as our Lord promised, the gates of hell have not prevailed. Regardless of what the future may hold, the Orthodox Faith will remain like bedrock unto the Lord returns.
Now some may think that Orthodox Christianity is similar to Roman Catholicism. While there may be some external similarities, Roman Catholics and Protestants, with their now 30,000 denominations, are far closer to one another than they are to the Orthodox. While this may seem very wrong, Protestantism is a reaction to Roman Catholicism and as such, while they certainly have different beliefs and solutions, they have the same mindset.
Orthodoxy is quite different as it has resisted the temptation to be altered by the philosophy of the day through the centuries. Orthodoxy is what is and has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. No change. No compromise. It is manly - men love it. It is not a soft faith. It challenges each believer. And no, it is not too much for women and children. Orthodoxy is beautiful, full of joy and light, gentleness and compassion.
The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...
“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”